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Japanese considerations of death and life (3)

Every dead person can be reborn in any case (I heard that way of life is affected by the sin or karma of the former world. But we can be a rich or a poor depending on own effort.). Anyway, maybe you and me were friend in the former world. This idea is called En (Yen). This coin is Japanese 5 yen. Pronunciation of '5 yen' is 'go en' in Japanese. 'go yen' is a homophone with go-en, a word for karma, fate, relation and encounter. As a result, sometimes this coin is used as a token of meeting. Japanese have words, "Sode Fure Au mo ...

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Japanese considerations of death and life (2)

Rikudo of Buddhism is an idea based on the transmigration of the soul, it's six worlds in which dead person is reborn next. These worlds are considered as parallel exist. But we shouldn't rebirth. Essential teachings of Buddhism are "to live is to experience many sufferings". I mean, "Not to rebirth after death" is the most happiest thing. It's called GEDATSU, it means "leave from the transmigration of the soul". Because only "No rebirth" can avoid from sufferings. The six worlds are: Ten-do, Ningen-do, Shura-do, Chikusho-do, ...

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Japanese considerations of death and life (1)

The main current religions of Japan are Shinto and Buddhism. Both religions have long history, almost parts of thought have been mixed. Some years ago, the movie, "Departures" won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. This film expressed Japanese consideration of death and life. Approx. 90% of Japanese are Buddhist. In Japanese Buddhism, the bereaved family give the white clothes to dead person and give Rokumonsen. (white clothes is called Shinishozoku which means clothes for dead person, Rokumonsen means six ...

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Prince Shotoku (Significant person of Japanese Buddhism)

The first great politician who accepted Buddhism. Prince Shotoku (573 - 621) was a great ancient Japanese politician and a regent of the Empress Suiko (the first Queen) in Asuka period. He understood teachings of Buddhism and introduced it to Japan. He had an eye on politics based on Buddhism. For that reason, his figure is an object of belief. Especially, Jodo Shinshu school respect him strongly. And also we can see the statue of Prince Shotoku's childhood. He established the world oldest wooden building, HORYU-ji temple at Nara ...

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